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700 Club Interactive: Life is a Gift - April 15, 2013

See how two families learned to anchor their trust in God in the midst of infertility. Read Transcript


Gordon: A COUPLE WANTS

TO START A FAMILY.

IT WAS PROBABLY NINE

YEARS AFTER WE STARTED

TRYING.

WE WERE TIRED.

Gordon: AND ALMOST

GIVES UP.

THE BREAKTHROUGH WAS WHEN

I KIND OF THREW UP MY HANDS

AND SAID, YOU KNOW, THIS

ISN'T ABOUT ME.

Gordon: HEAR HOW

LETTING GO OF THEIR DREAMS

LED TO A DOUBLE MIRACLE.

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

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Gordon: WELCOME TO THE

PROGRAM.

TODAY WE'RE GOING TO

INTRODUCE YOU TO JOHN AND

ROSE SMITH.

AS A YOUNG MARRIED COUPLE,

ALL THEY WANTED WAS TO START

A FAMILY.

IT WASN'T LONG BEFORE HAVING

A BABY, THOUGH, IT SEEMED

LIKE IT WAS ABSOLUTELY

IMPOSSIBLE.

Terry: MONTH AFTER

MONTH OF DISAPPOINTMENT

TURNED INTO YEAR AFTER YEAR

OF FRUSTRATION.

AND WHILE THE BABIES

WOULDN'T COME, MANY

QUESTIONS DID.

IT WAS PROBABLY NINE

YEARS AFTER WE STARTED

TRYING.

WE WERE TIRED.

I WAS TIRED OF THIS

JOURNEY.

WE PROBABLY STARTED TALKING

ABOUT HAVING A FAMILY A YEAR

BEFORE WE GOT MARRIED.

TWO YEARS AFTER WE WERE

MARRIED, WE HAD JUST MOVED

INTO OUR FIRST HOME, AND SO

WE JUST THOUGHT, YOU KNOW,

LET'S FILL THESE BEDROOMS.

TWO YEARS IN, THINKING,

OKAY, MAYBE THIS ISN'T --

MAYBE THIS IS TOUGHER.

ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE YEARS IN,

THEN IT STARTS TO GET

REALLY, REALLY TOUGH.

WHEN YOU START TO HAVE

FRIENDS HAVING FRIENDS

AROUND YOU, IT BECOMES

EVIDENT.

I WENT THROUGH A LOW PERIOD

WONDERING WHY DOES GOD GIVE

ME THIS DESIRE, BUT NOT THE

HOPE.

THE BREAKTHROUGH CAME WHEN I

THREW UP MY HANDS AND SAID,

THIS ISN'T ABOUT ME.

I DON'T WANT TO STOP LIVING

AND SHARING IN OTHER

PEOPLE'S JOY.

SO WHEN I STARTED TO LET GO

OF THE PRESSURE TO HAVE A

FAMILY, I REALLY EXPERIENCED

WHAT I WOULD FEEL THE LOVE

OF GOD WAS.

PROVERBS 13: 12 SAYS

UTTER DISAPPOINTMENT AFTER

DISAPPOINTMENT.

AND YOU LOOK AT EACH OTHER

AND SAY, WE ARE EITHER GOING

TO BELIEVE THE PROMISE, OR

WE'RE GOING TO GO CRAZY.

HOPE DOESN'T DIE BECAUSE

YOU WANT IT TO.

WE DECIDED TO WORK WITH OUR

FERTILITY DOCTORS TO TRY

I.U.I., WHICH IS ARTIFICIAL

INSEMINATION.

AND THEN WHEN THAT DIDN'T

HAPPEN, WE DECIDED TO TAKE

THE SUMMER OFF.

WHAT HAPPENED WAS ACTUALLY A

MIRACLE.

WE GOT PREGNANT

NATURALLY.

I REMEMBER STANDING OUTSIDE

MY GARAGE AND SHE COMES OUT

AND SAYS, I THINK I'M

PREGNANT.

I WAS, LIKE, LET'S TAKE

ANOTHER TEST.

LET'S CONFIRM THIS.

I PROBABLY TOOK SEVEN

PREGNANCY TESTS BECAUSE I

DIDN'T BELIEVE THESE STICKS

WERE ACTUALLY TELLING THE

TRUTH.

IT WAS AUGUST OF 2009 WHEN

DURING ONE OF OUR DOCTOR'S

VISITS, WHERE WE WERE TO SEE

THE HEARTBEAT OF OUR BABY,

WE WENT IN, AND THE BABY WAS

ON THE SCREEN, BUT THERE WAS

NO HEARTBEAT.

AND IT WAS...IT WAS A PRETTY

DEVASTATING MOMENT.

YOU WERE SO OVERWHELMED BY

THE TRAGEDY AND THE

DISAPPOINTMENT THAT YOU

CAN'T SEE OUTSIDE OF THAT.

I THINK, HONESTLY, WHEN YOU

HAVE JESUS LIVING IN THE

MIDDLE, IN THE MIDDLE OF

YOUR MARRIAGE, HE REALLY

SORT OF ACTS AS THE GLUE,

THE ADHESIVE THAT KEEPS YOU

TOGETHER.

IF HE IS THE PROMISED

KEEPER, THEN HE IS NOT GOING

TO LEAVE US LIKE THIS.

I JUST FELT SUCH FAITH.

IT WAS NOT MYSELF AND IT

WASN'T ROSE, AND SHE FELT

THE SAME THING.

WHAT WAS INTERESTING IS

THIS WAS A SIGN OF HOPE.

THE FACT THAT I HAD NEVER

BEEN PREGNANT IN -- AT THIS

POINT IT WAS NINE YEARS.

THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS

REBORN IN ME.

AND WE WENT BACK TO OUR

FERTILITY DOCTOR, AND WE

WEREN'T PLANNING ON IT, BUT

I KIND OF SAID IN THE

DOCTOR'S OFFICE, HEY, WHAT

IF WE TRY THE I.U.I. AGAIN.

SO WHEN DECEMBER 31ST ROLLED

AROUND AND THE PHONE RANG,

WE WERE SURPRISED.

THE VOICE ON THE OTHER LINE

SAID YOUR TEST RESULTS CAME

IN, AND YOU'RE PREGNANT.

AND THERE WAS A MOMENT WHERE

I WAS JUST ALMOST AFRAID TO

BREATHE.

IT WAS SO SURREAL.

AND THERE WAS JUST

SUCH -- THIS IS GOD.

THIS IS HOPE.

IT WAS PRETTY INCREDIBLE.

IT WAS TWO WEEKS LATER

THAT WE WENT IN FOR OUR

FIRST ULTRASOUND.

AND BEFORE SHE SAID

ANYTHING, I SEE TWO LITTLE

CIRCLES.

AND I'M THINKING, NO.

THE DOCTOR WAS LOOKING AT

THE SCREEN AND SAID THERE

WERE TWO BABIES.

IT WAS THIS OVERWHELMING

FEELING OF YOU TRUSTED US

NOT WITH ONE, BUT TWO.

IT WAS JUST OUT OF THE

REALM OF POSSIBILITY.

WHEN YOU WANT SO MUCH FOR SO

LONG TO HAVE ONE.

IT'S -- WHEW.

HOPE DEFERRED MAKES THE

HEART SINK, BUT WHEN THE

DESIRE COMES, IT IS LIKE

EATING AN APPLE OFF THE

TREE.

THEY TALKED ABOUT HIGH

RISK, BUT WE NEVER ENDED UP

IN THAT SITUATION.

I NEVER ENDED UP ON BED

REST.

I WORKED ALL THE WAY UP

UNTIL THE DAY I GAVE BIRTH

AND FELT GREAT.

AND WE WENT IN FOR OUR

INDUCTION, BUT I JUST

REMEMBER SEEING OUR FIRST

SON COME OUT, AND EYES WIDE

OPEN.

AND HEARING FROM BEHIND

ME, HERE COMES THE NEXT

ONE.

AND TURNING AROUND AND

RUNNING BACK TO THE WINDOW

AND SEEING REAGAN COME OUT,

ALL ARMS AND LEGS STRETCHED

OUT.

IT FEELS LIKE I'VE BEEN

REBORN IN A SENSE.

YOU FEEL LIKE YOU NOW HAVE A

WHOLE NEW SENSE OF THE

GOODNESS OF GOD.

YOU'RE ABLE TO HOLD YOUR

BABIES IN YOUR ARMS, AND YOU

REALIZE EVERYTHING WAS WORTH

IT.

BUT IT DOESN'T CHANGE THE

JOURNEY THAT YOU'VE COME

THROUGH.

AND I THINK THAT'S GOD'S WAY

OF HELPING US ALWAYS TO

REMEMBER TO BE CARING AND

EMPATHETIC TO OTHERS.

SHELDON AND REAGAN AREN'T

THE MESSAGE.

THE MESSAGE IS JESUS.

AND THAT, YOU KNOW, PROBABLY

WILL OVERWHELM ME EVERY DAY

OF MY LIFE, AS LONG AS I

LIVE.

AND I THINK I WILL FOREVER

BE GRATEFUL FOR THAT.

WHEN YOU CAN POINT BACK

TO JESUS AND MAKE HIM THE

FOCUS, AND IF YOU CAN FIND A

WAY TO ANCHOR YOURSELF TO

JESUS, YOU CAN WEATHER

ANYTHING.

Gordon: YOU CAN WEATHER

ANYTHING, ANYTHING, AS LONG

AS YOU KNOW WHERE YOU

STAND.

IF YOU STAND ON THAT ROCK,

IF YOU STAND ON JESUS AND

HIS PROMISE, THEN NO MATTER

WHAT, YOU'LL SEE IT

THROUGH.

IF GOD BE FOR US, WHO CAN

STAND AGAINST US?

THAT'S WHAT THE APOSTLE PAUL

WROTE.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE

SCRIPTURE THAT JOHN AND ROSE

ARE QUOTING.

IT COMES FROM PROVERBS, AND

IT IS CHAPTER 13, VERSE 12.

IT HAS BEEN REFERRED TO AS

AN OBSERV OBSERVATIONAL

PROVERB, AN OBSERVATION AS

TO SOLOMON OF WHAT HAPPENS

IN LIFE.

"HOPE DEFERRED MAKES THE

HEART SICK."

IF YOU'VE BEEN HOLDING ON TO

A PROMISE AND IT HASN'T

HAPPENED FOR YOU, THEN YOU

KNOW FIRSTHAND WHAT IT

MEANS.

YOU GET HEART SICK BECAUSE

THE PROMISE HADN'T COME TRUE

FOR YOU.

AND SO YOU KEEP HOPING, YOU

KEEP WAITING, AND THE WORST

IS WHEN YOU ACTUALLY LOSE

YOUR FAITH FROM IT BECAUSE

YOUR HEART IS SICK.

BUT THEN ON THE OTHER SIDE,

WHAT WE SAW WITH JOHN AND

ROSE, WHEN THEY HAD TWINS,

IT IS A TREE OF LIFE.

WHEN THE DESIRE COMES, WHEN

THE WISH COMES TO PASS, WHAT

YOU'RE HOPING FOR, WAITING

FOR, WHEN IT COMES, THEN IT

IS A TREE OF LIFE.

AND IT BRINGS NEW LIFE TO

YOU, NEW JOY TO YOU.

AND IT IS AN INCREDIBLE

FEELING.

NOW, THAT'S JUST THE

OBSERVATION.

AND FOR SOME OF YOU, IF

YOU'RE GOING THROUGH THAT

VALLEY EXPERIENCE, WHERE

YOU'RE HEART SICK, YOUR HOPE

HAS BEEN DEFERRED.

WHETHER THAT'S YOU'RE

WAITING FOR A HEALING,

YOU'RE WAITING FOR THE

SALVATION OF A LOVED ONE,

YOU'RE WAITING FOR A

FINANCIAL MIRACLE --

WHATEVER THAT SITUATION IS,

AND MAYBE YOU'RE LIKE JOHN

AND ROSE, YOU'RE WAITING FOR

A CHILD, AND YOU'RE

DEFERRED, AND YOU'RE GETTING

HEART SICK, AND SOME OF YOU

MAY HAVE EVEN LOST HOPE AND

LOST FAITH, AND HAVE

WONDERED WHERE IS GOD IN ALL

OF THIS?

HERE IS SOME ADVICE FOR YOU:

IF YOU TRY TO MAKE IT ON

YOUR OWN, THERE IS NO POWER

AVAILABLE IN YOURSELF TO

MAKE IT HAPPEN.

AND THE SOONER YOU ABANDON

THE SELF-EFFORT, THE SOONER

YOU'LL SEE THE ANSWER.

JOHN AND ROSE SAID VERY

CLEARLY THROUGHOUT THAT

PIECE, THEY DIDN'T

UNDERSTAND WHERE THEIR HOPE

WAS COMING FROM.

IF YOU CAN IMAGINE WAITING

NINE YEARS, AND FINALLY

SAYING, OKAY, WE'RE GOING TO

STOP THE MEDICAL

PROCEDURES.

YOU FINALLY GET PREGNANT,

AND THEN THE BABY DIES AND

THE WOMB.

WHERE DO YOU FIND HOPE IN

THAT SITUATION?

THEY SAID THEY FOUND IT IN

GOD.

AND THAT'S WHAT THE

SCRIPTURE SAYS.

HERE IS THE APOSTLE PAUL IN

ROMANS 15: "NOW MAY THE GOD

OF HOPE" -- AND WHEN YOU

UNDERSTAND HE IS THE GOD OF

HOPE, NOT YOU.

IT IS A GIFT FROM GOD.

"MAY THE GOD OF HOPE FILL

YOU WITH ALL JOY AND PEACE

IN BELIEVING THAT YOU MAY

ABOUND IN HOPE BY THE POWER

OF THE HOLY SPIRIT."

SO IF YOU'RE SUFFERING -- IF

YOU'RE HEART SICK, DON'T

LOOK FOR THE SOLUTION WITHIN

YOURSELF.

LOOK FOR THE SOLUTION IN

GOD.

LET THE GOD OF HOPE BRING

YOU HOPE THROUGH THE POWER

OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

AND JUST HUMBLE YOURSELF AND

SAY, GOD, I'M DESPERATE.

I NEED YOU.

I NEED THE HOPE THAT YOU

PROVIDE.

WITHOUT HOPE, THERE IS NO

FAITH.

THERE IS NOT EVEN A

POSSIBILITY OF FAITH.

SO DWRIEW YOU'VE GOT TO

HAVE THAT.

THAT'S A FIRST.

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND HE'LL

PROVIDE IT TO YOU, AND

THROUGH THE POWER OF THE

HOLY SPIRIT HE'LL GIVE THAT

TO YOU SUPER NATURALLY, THEN

THAT IS A REAL BREAKTHROUGH

BECAUSE THEN IT IS NOT YOUR

WORK, IT'S NOT YOUR EFFORT.

IT IS WHAT GOD HAS ALREADY

DONE.

IT IS WHAT JESUS HAS ALREADY

DONE FOR YOU.

IT IS HIS PROMISE FOR YOU

THAT ALLOWS YOU TO HAVE THE

HOPE.

YOU CAN HAVE THE HOPE BASED

ON THE PROMISE.

HERE IS A SECOND PLACE WHERE

YOU CAN FIND HOPE.

IT'S IN SCRIPTURE, FROM

ROMANS, CHAPTER 14, VERSES

4-5: "TO WHATEVER THINGS

WERE WRITTEN BEFORE, WERE

WRITTEN FOR OUR LEARNING,

THAT WE, THROUGH THE

PATIENCE AND COMFORT OF THE

SCRIPTURES, MIGHT HAVE

HOPE."

DON'T BASE YOUR HOPE ON

WISHFUL THINKING.

BASE YOUR HOPE ON WHAT THE

SCRIPTURE PROMISES.

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THAT ALL

THE PROMISES ARE YES AND

AMEN FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN

CHRIST JESUS, THAT LITERALLY

MEANS YOU CAN GO TO ANY

PROMISE IN THE BIBLE, AND

YOU CAN READ IT, AND YOU CAN

SAY THAT'S FOR ME.

GOD WROTE THAT FOR ME.

NOW, WHEN YOU READ THE

BIBLE, SOMETIMES YOU'VE GOT

TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE ENEMY

KNOWS THE SCRIPTURE, TOO.

AND IF THE DEVIL USED THE

SCRIPTURE AGAINST JESUS

HIMSELF WHEN HE TEMPTED HIM

IN THE DESERT, HE CAN DO

THAT WITH YOU BECAUSE HE IS

TRYING TO DEFEAT YOUR HOPE.

HE IS TRYING TO DEFEAT YOUR

FAITH.

HE IS TRYING TO BRING DOUBT

INTO THE SITUATION.

SO HE'LL USE SCRIPTURES OF

JUDGMENT AGAINST YOU ALL DAY

LONG.

HE'LL TRY TO CONVINCE YOU

THAT THERE IS NO HOPE FOR

YOU BECAUSE YOU DID

SOMETHING BAD, AND YOU CAN'T

CLAIM THIS PROMISE.

REALIZE THE GREATEST

PROMISE, THAT THERE IS NO

MORE CONDEMNATION FOR THOSE

WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO ACCEPT THE

JUDGMENT BECAUSE YOU'VE BEEN

EXEMPTED FROM THE JUDGMENT

BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS

CHRIST.

SO TAKE THE PROMISES OF GOD,

TAKE THE ONES THAT GIVE YOU

HOPE, READ THEM, MEMORIZE

THEM, SAY THEM TO YOURSELF

OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

WE NEED TO RENEW OUR MINDS

BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN SEPARATED

FROM GOD FOR SO LONG THAT

WHEN WE GET REUNITED, WE

HAVE TROUBLE BELIEVING IT.

SO WE'VE GOT TO RENEW OUR

MINDS.

HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

THROUGH READING THE

SCRIPTURE.

AND WHEN YOU READ THE

SCRIPTURE, YOU RENEW YOUR

MIND.

YOU RENEW YOUR THOUGHT

PROCESS, AND YOU START

BELIEVING THEM.

AND THAT LEADS TO HOPE.

NOW, LET'S LOOK TO ABRAHAM.

HE IS CALLED THE FATHER OF

OUR FAITH.

AND WE'LL STAY IN ROMANS,

CHAPTER 4, VERSES 20-22:

"ABRAHAM DID NOT WAIVER AT

THE PROMISE OF GOD THROUGH

DISBELIEF, BUT WAS

STRENGTHENED IN FAITH,

GIVING GLORY TO GOD, AND

BEING FULLY CONVINCED THAT

WHAT GOD HAS PROMISED, GOD

WAS ABLE TO PERFORM."

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THAT GOD

PROMISES AND HE IS ABLE TO

PERFORM THAT PROMISE, YOU

CAN BE LIKE ABRAHAM.

YOU CAN HOPE AGAINST HOPE.

YOU CANNOT CONSIDER THE

DEADNESS OF YOUR OWN BODY,

BUT THE PROMISE IS FOR YOU,

AND FOR YOUR CHILDREN.

TO THE EVERLASTING GLORY OF

WHO?

OF GOD.

IT BRINGS GOD GLORY WHEN HIS

PROMISES ARE FULFILLED.

SO REST IN THAT.

IF YOU'RE HAVING TROUBLE

WITH HOPE, REALIZE IT IS A

GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

ASK HIM.

HE IS A PERSON.

GO TO HIM, ASK HIM.

I NEED THE POWER OF HOPE

WORKING IN MY LIFE.

WILL YOU GIVE THAT TO ME?

READ THE SCRIPTURES.

READ THEM EVERY DAY.

REPEAT THEM BACK TO

YOURSELF.

MEMORIES PROMISES FOR YOU.

AND THEN DON'T WAIVER IN

UNBELIEF, BUT BELIEVE THAT

GOD WHO HAS PROMISED, THAT

SAME GOD IS ABLE TO

PERFORM.

IF YOU'LL DO THIS, YOU --

JUST LIKE JOHN AND ROSE --

YOU CAN GET YOUR

BREAKTHROUGH.

IF YOU HAVE A SCRIPTURE THAT

HAS TOUCHED YOUR LIFE AND

HELPED YOU IN YOUR TIME OF

NEED, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM

YOU.

JUST GO TO OUR "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE" Facebook FAN

PAGE, POST YOUR STORY, AND

WE WOULD LOVE TO COME OUT

AND INTERVIEW YOU, AND TELL

THE WORLD THE SCRIPTURE THAT

SAW YOU THROUGH A DIFFICULT

TIME.

COMING UP, MEET A MISSIONARY

WHO IS GIVING YOUNG ORPHANED

GIRLS OF THE CONGO A SAFE

HOME.

ALL OF THAT IS UP NEXT.

Terry: IN PARTS OF THE

CONGO, ARMED REBELS RUN

FREE.

THEY HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO

INVADE VILLAGES, RAPE THE

YOUNG WOMEN AND GIRLS THAT

LIVE THERE.

IT IS A PROBLEM THAT HAS

BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS.

BUT NOW MANY OF THE VICTIMS

OF BEING RESCUED AND HAVE A

SAFE PLACE TO CALL HOME.

TAKE A LOOK.

I'M STANDING IN THIS FIELD

TODAY BECAUSE I WANT TO

SHARE WITH YOU SOMETHING

THAT WEIGHS HEAVILY ON MY

HEART.

HALF WAY AROUND THE WORLD,

IN THE CONGO, IN FIELDS JUST

LIKE THIS, YOUNG GIRLS AND

WOMEN ARE BEING BRUTALLY

RAPED BY REBEL SOLDIERS.

I HAVE BEEN GOING TO LOOK

FOR VEGETABLES IN THE FIELD,

AND I MET SOME MEN.

AND THEY RAPED ME.

MANY SOLDIERS MET US IN

THE HOUSE, AND THEY ARRESTED

MY SISTER AND I.

TWO RAPED ME.

Terry: IMAGINE BEING SO

FEARFUL OF THESE SOLDIERS

THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO GO

INTO YOUR OWN FIELD TO GET

FOOD.

AND AFTER AN ATTACK, THERE

IS NO POLICE OFFICER OR

JUDGE WHO WILL PUNISH THE

RAPIST.

THESE GIRLS ARE AFRAID.

SOME ARE ANGRY, AND THEY

HAVE LITTLE HOPE OF ANYTHING

BETTER.

A FEW YEARS AGO, "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" TEAMED UP WITH

MISSIONARY RUNE EDWARDSON,

WHO GOES OUT INTO THESE

REMOTE AREAS TO FIND AND

RESCUE THESE GIRLS.

HOW ARE YOU FEELING NOW?

I DO NOT FEEL VERY WELL

BECAUSE I STILL HAVE SOME

WOUNDS.

I AM STILL FEELING VERY

BAD.

I CAN SEE YOUR LIFE IS

VERY SAD.

SO MANY, MANY ARE RAPED.

THEY WERE SICK.

Terry: THAT YOUNG GIRL

WAS RAPED BY SIX MEN.

I WAS SHOCKED TO LEARN THAT

NINE OUT OF 10 YOUNG GIRLS

AND WOMEN IN REMOTE AREAS OF

THE CONGO HAVE BEEN RAPED.

NINE OUT OF 10.

I HAVE HEARD HORRIBLE

REPORTS.

SOME OF THESE GIRLS ARE SO

BADLY INJURED THEY MAY NEVER

BE ABLE TO BE HAVE CHILDREN

OF THEIR OWN.

BUT ON THIS DAY IN THE

CONGO, THERE IS HOPE.

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" IS PART

OF THE RESCUE OF 23 GIRLS.

THEY'LL BE TAKEN TO A SAFE

PLACE NEAR GOMA, CALLED THE

DINA CENTER.

THESE RESCUES BEGAN SEVEN

YEARS AGO WHEN A 2-YEAR-OLD

LITTLE GIRL WAS BRUTALLY

RAPED BY SOLDIERS.

RUNE PAID FOR THE SURGERIES

TO REPAIR HER BODY, AND

PROVIDED A HOME FOR HER TO

LIVE AND BE SAFE.

THE GIRL'S NAME WAS DINA.

TODAY DINA'S CENTER IS HOME

TO 130 GIRLS WHO ARE

OVERCOMING THEIR PAST.

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" CONTINUES

TO SUPPORT THIS MINISTRY

BECAUSE WE SEE AMAZING

RESULTS HERE.

THE GIRLS ARE BEING

EDUCATED, AND THEY'RE

LEARNING JOB SKILLS.

BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, THEY

ARE ENJOYING BEING CHILDREN,

FREE FROM THE FEAR OF

ATTACK.

SOME OF THE OLDER GIRLS HAVE

LEFT DINA CENTER AND ARE

LIVING SUCCESSFUL LIVES.

WE'RE FURNISHING THIS NEW

CLASSROOM BUILDING,

REPLACING THIS OUTDOOR

KITCHEN, AND CONTINUING TO

PROVIDE FOOD, CLOTHING, AND

MEDICAL CARE FOR 130 GIRLS.

AND ALL ARE IN NEED OF

COUNSELLING.

OF COURSE, AS FUNDS PERMIT,

WE'LL CONTINUE TO RESCUE

MORE GIRLS.

WON'T YOU JOIN US?

BECOME FAMILY TO CHILDREN

LIKE THESE WHO SO

DESPERATELY NEED OUR HELP.

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU,

BUT WHEN I HEAR ABOUT THINGS

LIKE THAT, SUCH INJUSTICE,

SUCH VIOLENCE AGAINST

ANYONE, SOMETHING RISES UP

INSIDE OF YOU THAT SAYS I

NEED TO DO SOMETHING.

"ORPHANS' PROMISE" IS

CONTINUING TO SUPPORT THIS

HOME FOR GIRLS.

WE'RE EXPANDING INTO ANOTHER

AREA OF CONGO.

AND WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE

YOU BE A PART OF WHAT WE'RE

DOING.

ISN'T IT GREAT TO KNOW YOU

CAN STEP INTO

HOPELESSNESS -- THAT'S WHAT

GORDON WAS TALKING ABOUT

EARLIER, AND WE CAN BRING

THE HOPE OF CHRIST TO PEOPLE

IN DESPERATE SITUATIONS.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PART

OF WA WE'RE DOING AROUND THE

WORLD WITH "ORPHANS'

PROMISE," TOUCHING THE LIVES

OF CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE

CHILDREN, CALL THE NUMBER ON

YOUR SCREEN,

1-888-777-1999.

JUST SAY, I WOULD LIKE TO

GIVE TO THE WORK OF

"ORPHANS' PROMISE," OR YOU

CAN LOG ON TO cbn.com AND

GIVE THAT WAY.

UP NEXT, A WOMAN STRUGGLING

WITH INFERTILITY HOLDS ON TO

ONE SIMPLE PROMISE.

WE HAVE HER STORY OF FAITH

WHEN WE COME BACK.

Terry: THE WOMAN IN OUR

NEXT STORY BELIEVES THAT GOD

IS THE GOD OF THE

IMPOSSIBLE.

AND WHEN DOCTORS TOLD HER

SHE MAY NEVER HAVE CHILDREN,

SHE PUT HER THEORY TO THE

TEST.

THE DOCTOR SAID,

POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN CYSTS IS

ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF

INFERTILITY.

I FELT IT WAS A LONG-TERM

MINISTRY THAT THE LORD

CALLED ME TO.

I WAS LIKE, LORD, WE TRIED

INFERTILITY TREATMENTS, THAT

DIDN'T WORK.

WE TRIED FOSTER CARE, AND

THAT DIDN'T WORK.

WHAT IS GOING ON.

THERE WERE DAYS I COULDN'T

EVEN GO TO WORK BECAUSE I

WAS IN BED CRYING, WHY CAN'T

I HAVE A CHILD.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

PLEASE HELP ME.

PLEASE CURE ME.

THAT'S WHEN IT STARTED TO

OVERTAKE ME.

I TURNED 30, AND I JUST TOLD

THE LORD, I JUST WANT 30 TO

BE MY BEST YEAR.

I REALLY HAD TO SUBMIT

WHETHER I HAD CHILDREN OR

NOT -- IT HAD BECOME AN

IDOL.

CHILDREN ARE GREAT, THEY'RE

A BLESSING, BUT FOR ME IT

HAD BECOME AN OBSESSION.

AND IF I COULDN'T BECOME

PREGNANT, TO HAVE CHILDREN

BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

AND THAT CAN GET UNBALANCED

WHEN YOU PUT THAT ABOVE

OTHER, MORE IMPORTANT THINGS

IN YOUR LIFE.

I REALLY HAD TO SUBMIT THAT

TO THE LORD.

YES, I'M 30, I DON'T HAVE

ANY CHILDREN YET, BUT I KNOW

THAT GOD IS THE GOD OF THE

IMPOSSIBLE.

I WENT ON A DANIEL FAST.

I TOLD THE LORD, IF I HAVE

TO FAST FOR THE NEXT FEW

YEARS, FEW WEEKS, HOWEVER

LONG, I NEED TO HAVE A

BREAKTHROUGH.

I STARTED BELIEVING THE LORD

FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE.

BECAUSE FOR US, PREGNANCY

WAS LOOKING LIKE THE

IMPOSSIBLE.

IN JANUARY I TURNED 30, AND

ON MARCH 5th, WE FOUND OUT

WE WERE PREGNANT ABSOLUTELY

NATURALLY, SUPER NATURALLY.

SO GOD JUST GAVE US THE

DESIRES OF OUR HEART.

EARLY ON I WENT TO THE

DOCTOR JUST TO CONFIRM THE

PREGNANCY, TO SEE THE

HEARTBEAT, AND AS WE WERE

HEARING THE HEARTBEAT, TEARS

WERE WELLING UP.

THAT'S A HEARTBEAT, AND

THAT'S AN ACTUAL PERSON IN

THERE.

I ASKED THE ULTRASOUND CHECK

IF SHE COULD TAKE A LOOK AT

MY OVARIES AND SEE IF THE

CYSTS WERE STILL THERE, AND

SHE SAID, WHAT CYSTS.

AND I SAID, I HAVE

POLYCYSTIC CYSTS, AND SHE

SHOWED US THE ULTRASOUND,

AND SAID, WE DON'T SEE ANY.

IT IS JUST A POSITIVE

CONFIRMATION THAT GOD LOVES

US.

MY NAME IS RONELLE ROBERTS,

AND MY DAUGHTER IS DAPHNE

ROBERTS, AND SHE IS THREE

MONTHS OLD.

Terry: HE IS THE GIVER

OF GOOD GIFTS.

I WAS THINKING, GORDON, AS

YOU WERE TEACHING BEFORE,

THAT THESE SORT OF

CHALLENGES AND CRISES IN

LIFE EITHER MAKE US BITTER

OR BETTER.

IT REALLY IS A CHOICE WHERE

YOU'RE GOING TO PLACE YOUR

THOUGHTS, THE ATTITUDE OF

YOUR HEART.

YOU KNOW, WORSHIP SO OFTEN

PRECEDES THE VICTORY OF THE

BATTLE.

I THINK THERE IS SO MUCH TO

BE SAID FOR EXACTLY WHAT YOU

WERE TALKING ABOUT,

DISCOVERING WHAT GOD'S WORD

HAS TO SAY, STANDING ON

THAT, BREATHING IT, LIVING

IT, AS SHE DID, PLACING THAT

AROUND YOU SO THAT YOU SEE

IT EVERYWHERE THAT YOU

LOOK.

Gordon: SO THAT YOU

MEDITATE ON IT DAY AND

NIGHT.

AND THE PROMISES THEN BECOME

PART OF YOUR THOUGHT

PROCESS, AS OPPOSED TO -- IF

YOU LOOK AT THE SYMPTOM AS

OPPOSED TO THE SOLUTION,

YOUR THOUGHTS WILL BE

OVERWHELMED BY THAT.

AND RONELLE COULD HAVE BEEN

OVERWHELMED BY THE PAIN OF

THAT, BY THE HEARTBREAK OF

YOU WON'T HAVE -- SHE COULD

HAVE JUST INCORPORATED THAT

WORD, I WON'T EVER HAVE

CHILDREN.

BUT, INSTEAD, SHE SAID, I'M

GOING TO INCORPORATE THE

WORD OF GOD, WHICH SAYS THE

BARREN WILL GIVE BIRTH.

AND SHE SAID, I CAN HAVE

THAT BE A PART OF MY THOUGHT

PROCESS.

WHEN YOU DO THAT, YOU GET

THE BREAKTHROUGH.

UNTESTED FAITH IS NO FAITH

AT ALL.

REALIZE THAT.

WHEN VARIOUS TRIALS AND

TROUBLES, TRIBULATIONS COME

YOUR WAY, THE BIBLE SAYS WE

ARE TO COUNT IT ALL AS JOY

BECAUSE IT GIVES US

ENDURANCE.

AND WHEN WE HAVE FAITH THAT

TURNS INTO WORKS, THEN

REALLY JOY COMES.

I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE

ENCOURAGED AND ARE SAYING,

THAT'S FOR ME.

THAT'S WHAT I WANT.

SO TERRY AND I ARE GOING TO

PRAY FOR YOU.

IF YOU HAVE A NEED IN YOUR

LIFE, JUST AS AN ACT OF

FAITH, LAY A HAND ON THAT

NEED.

IF IT IS A NEED FOR HEALING,

LAY YOUR HAND ON THE AREA OF

THE BODY THAT NEEDS HEALED.

IF IT IS THROUGHOUT YOUR

BODY, LAY YOUR HAND ON YOUR

OWN HEAD.

IF THERE ARE PEOPLE AROUND

YOU, ASK THEM TO COME AND

PRAY FOR YOU.

IF IT IS A FINANCIAL NEED,

TAKE OUT YOUR CHECK

CHECKBOOK, YOUR WALLET, AND

LET'S SYMBOLICLY PRAY THAT

GOD WILL PROVIDE ACCORDING

TO HIS RICHES AND GLORY.

IF IT IS A LOVED ONE, GET A

PICTURE OF THEM AND LET'S

PRAY OVER THAT, OR JUST

IMAGINE THEM IN YOUR MIND,

AND WE'LL AGREE WITH YOU,

AND LET'S LET GOD DO THE

MIRACLE.

LET'S PRAY.

LORD, WE JUST LIFT THE NEEDS

OF THE AUDIENCE TO YOU NOW,

AND WE JUST SPEAK HOPE.

WHERE THEY HAVEN'T HAD HOPE,

WE ASK THROUGH THE POWER OF

THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT HOPE

WOULD BE BIRTHED IN THEIR

HEARTS.

AND FOLLOWING HOPE WOULD BE

THE FAITH, THE FAITH THAT

APPROPRIATES, THE FAITH THAT

TAKES.

SO KINGDOM OF GOD COME, WILL

OF GOD BE DONE, AND BY THE

PROMISES OF GOD, WE KNOW THE

WILL, AND SO WE NOW PRAYER

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE

PROMISE, AND WE SAY BE

HEALED NOW IN JESUS' NAME.

MAY THERE BE PROVISION IN

YOUR HOUSE.

WE CLAIM PSALM 118, SEND NOW

PROSPERITY.

WE CLAIM IT NOW IN JESUS'

NAME.

FOR LOVED ONES WHO ARE AWAY,

MAY THE PRODIGALS COME

HOME.

MAY MARRIAGES BE RESTORED.

MAY CHILDREN BE RAISED WITH

LOVE AND COMFORT AND

SECURITY.

WE ASK IT ALL IN JESUS'

NAME.

TERRY, GOD IS GIVING YOU

SOMETHING?

Terry: I AM PRAYING FOR

PEOPLE WITHIN THE CIRCLE OF

MY OWN FAMILY WHO ARE NOT

WALKING WITH THE LORD RIGHT

NOW.

AND SOMETIMES, YOU KNOW, YOU

LOOK AT THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES,

AND IT CAN SEEM SO DISTANT,

SO FAR.

I JUST WANT YOU TO BELIEVE

FOR THOSE IN YOUR LIFE THAT

YOU HAVE CRIED OUT FOR, THAT

YOU HAVE HEARD IN YOUR HEART

FOR, THAT YOU YOU HAVE

WONDERED, GOD, HOW WILL THIS

EVER BE?

LORD, WE CALL FORTH WHAT IS

NOT AS THOUGH IT IS, AND WE

SPEAK THAT WE AND OUR

HOUSEHOLDS WILL BE SAVED.

AND FATHER, THOSE THAT

YOU'VE GIVEN US WILL COME TO

KNOW YOU, LORD.

I AGREE WITH GORDON IN THAT

PRAYER.

FOR ALL OF YOU WHO ARE OUT

THERE, LET'S STAND TOGETHER

FOR THOSE WE LOVE AND ARE

PRAYING FOR.

THOSE WHO ARE GOING FOR

HEALTH ISSUES, GOD, WE ASK

YOU TO POUR OUT THE POWER OF

YOUR HOLY SPIRIT, THE

HEALING POWER OF GOD IN

JESUS' NAME.

Gordon: LORD, SEND

MESSENGERS OUT OF YOUR OWN

HEART TO PREACH THE GOOD

NEWS TO THEM.

WE ASK IT ALL IN JESUS'

NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU'VE BEEN TOUCHED BY

GOD, WE WANT TO SHARE IN

YOUR GOOD REPORT ABOUT WHAT

GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU, SO

GIVE US A CALL.

WE'RE HERE FOR YOU 24 HOURS

A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

SO IF YOU NEED SOMEONE TO

AGREE WITH YOU IN PRAYER, IT

IS OUR HONOR TO PRAY FOR

YOU.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM HE HEBREWS: "SO

AFTER YOU HAVE DONE THE WILL

OF GOD, YOU MAY RECEIVE

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